White House Indicates It Will Comply With Solyndra Subpoena

The Obama administration indicated it intends to start complying with a subpoena for internal communications related to Solyndra LLC’s $535 million loan guarantee, according to House Republicans.

“The White House Counsel’s Office informed the committee that it plans to begin providing responsive materials to the committee’s subpoena,” House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton, a Michigan Republican, and Representative Cliff Stearns, a Florida Republican who leads the investigations panel, said today in a statement on the committee’s website.

Kathryn Ruemmler, counsel to President Barack Obama, had said the request from the investigations panel for the communications raised executive-branch confidentiality concerns. The committee voted Nov. 3 to subpoena the documents. The administration has already released thousands of pages of e- mails among White House officials and federal agencies involved in Solyndra’s loan award.

“We remain hopeful that the White House will demonstrate some good faith efforts of compliance and provide the internal Solyndra-related communications we have been seeking,” Upton and Stearns said in the statement.

Solyndra filed for bankruptcy protection on Sept. 6, days after shutting its operation and dismissing 1,100 workers. Its collapse two years after getting the U.S. backing sparked investigations by Congress, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and watchdogs at the Energy and Treasury departments.

Republicans said White House compliance with their requests has been slow and incomplete, requiring a subpoena. Ruemmler and committee Democrats had said the Republicans’ request was overbroad and unnecessary.

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